Update March 2018
Volunteers at the DRS-managed reconstruction in Hammond, Louisiana are repairing homes damaged by flooding in 2016. To start, this site opened January 2018 and will run through April. Churches and schools are also responding by spending week-long mission trips to repair homes damaged in 2016, West Virginia is one example. See worldrenew.net/volunteer for all the areas in which World Renew is responding.
Update July 2017
In Florida, Deborah Williams home was badly damaged during a 2016 tornado. She thanks her World Renew DRS angels for helping put her home back together. Read more by clicking here. BRACE, the organization in Century, Florida with whom World Renew DRS partnered to rebuild homes after the 2016 tornado, presented World Renew DRS with a partner of the year award.
Ken Clay lost his home to the flooding in West Virginia in June 2016. World Renew DRS volunteers built him a new home. See pictures of his home and the other work in West Virginia by clicking here to see an album on Facebook.
Regional managers continue to working with the recovery group in Tangilena, Louisiana as they continue recovering from the 2016 floods.
Volunteer church, family, and school groups are providing reconstruction services to help those affected by a disaster in 2016. You can help too. Consider serving in Michigan, Louisiana, Florida, or West Virginia.
Mr. Nguyen worked alongside our volunteers in Century, Florida and says 'Thank you, thank you, thank you!".
“Massive flooding in Louisiana over the weekend of August 13, 2016, hit areas that were already underwater in March. Unbelievably, last weekend’s flooding was even worse than the unprecedented, historic disaster Louisiana residents experienced last spring,” said Len and Carrie Blaukamp, regional managers for World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) in a response to the March – and now August’s floods. (Read more about our response here)
Earlier in the year, unseasonable tornadoes sprang up from Illinois to Texas and Alabama during the last week of 2015, and Winter Storm Goliath spilled massive flooding into 2016 (click here to read more about our response). The heavy rain caused the Mississippi River to crest at 15 feet above flood stage in some areas in January 2016. Homes and towns in the path of massive flooding from 16 breached levees were evacuated.
Shortly after the disasters, regional managers from World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) spent time in Texas, Mississippi, Illinois, and Missouri assessing the damage, offering assistance, and organizing with officials and other responders.
In early June, more flooding impacted already saturated areas in Texas. Later that month, World Renew regional managers met with more than a dozen flood-affected communities throughout Louisiana, Missouri, and Texas, offering services, and planning for a long-term response.
West Virginia experienced massive flooding after heavy rains on June 22. Volunteers provided clean-up services for two weeks in July. Regional managers connected with partner organizations as well as state and local officials within 24 hours of the flooding and will be setting the stage to assist communities in the months to come.
Unmet needs assessments took place in Missouri and Mississippi during the summer of 2016, and as of August, more are being planned.
World Renew DRS continues to help homeowners and communities affected by the storms, offering unmet needs assessments, capacity-building training, reconstruction, and other services. The recovery efforts are still in the early stages and you can support and care for survivors in Christ’s name by donating to North American Disasters 2016.
To learn more about the services World Renew DRS provides and to volunteer, please visit worldrenew.net/drs.